Chemistry is the study of all chemical compositions and processes, in order to better understand the way in which materials are structured and how they react in certain situations.
By studying Chemistry at A level, you'll explore atomic structure, thermodynamics and periodicity whilst conducting practical experiments in the laboratory such as inorganic tests and redox titrations.
Upon completing this A level, you'll have developed valuable laboratory skills and chemical techniques in preparation for university and your future career.
When will I start the course and how long will it take?
All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.
What will I study?
Throughout this A level, you will cover the following units:
- Physical: atomic structure, bonding, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemical, thermodynamics, acids and basis.
- Inorganic: periodicity, group 2 metals, and the halogens, period 3 and their oxides, transition metals and reactions of ions.
- Organic: alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and organic analysis, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, aromatic chemistry and organic synthesis
In addition to the theoretical aspects of the course, you will also be assessed on your practical ability in the laboratory. An example of some of the experimental techniques you will be expected to undertake include:
- Redox titrations
- Determining an equilibrium constant
- Purifying and organic solid
- Inorganic tests
How is it assessed?
You will be assessed through a combination of exam papers, consisting of short and long answer questions.
Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?
You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including a grade C in English, a grade B in maths and a grade B in higher science such as, separate science, triple science or additional science.
What are the course fees?
If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.
What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?
Studying A level Chemistry allows you to progress on to a degree at university.
Choose from a range of degrees including medicine, veterinary science, dentistry or biochemistry.
A level Chemistry provides the first step in securing a career in a range of fields, including geology, physical geography, engineering or material science.Ref: Deborah Pinchin